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12 unexpected parallels between Apple and Nintendo

They are unlikely to be compared in the first place, but when you start to think about it there are a LOT of things that Apple and Nintendo have in common.

1. Both love white

Just have a look at some of their flagship products of recent years and this becomes blatantly obvious.

2. Both sometimes go color-crazy

Remember Apple’s original iMac color frenzy? Or you could just look at the colors available for the iPod Nano. With Nintendo, just look at their Game Boy and DS Lite color extravaganzas.

3. Both have released game consoles that failed miserably

Yes, Apple actually did try to release a game console once, the ill-fated Pippin back in 1995. For Nintendo, few gaming enthusiasts haven’t heard of the Virtual Boy, also released in 1995. So, not only do they have this part in common, they did it the same year.

4. Both are extremely profitable companies

Both Apple and Nintendo are making billions of dollars in profits every year and have profit margins that make the competition green of envy.

5. Both have an ingrained love of simplicity

Apple is famous for sticking with its one-button mouse year in and year out, not to mention successfully launching a mobile phone with only a screen. Nintendo has often broken new ground in making controls easy to handle (latest with their Wiimote) and games easy to play.

6. Both have innovated input methods

Nintendo has made several gamepad innovations (acting as a pioneer since the 80s), and now of course it has introduced the Wiimote. Apple has also made a number of contributions, like the iPod click-wheel and the iPhone’s multi-touch interface.

7. Both have made a fortune off handheld devices

Nintendo has its mega-successful Game Boy and DS handheld game consoles and Apple has its series of iPods and now the iPhone. These products have been real cash cows for both companies and have boosted their brands and their fortunes.

8. Both have closed platforms

If you want to run Apple software, you’d better be running Apple hardware. Same for Nintendo.

9. Both have an app store

Apple of course has its famous App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and Nintendo has its Wiiware for the Wii and also the DSi Shop.

10. Both have depended on a highly famous designer

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and Apple’s Jonathan Ive are designer superstars. Admittedly, Ive is an industrial designer (the principal designer of the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone and several other successful Apple devices) and Miyamoto a game designer, but still… Both of them have been instrumental in the success of their respective companies.

11. Both have fought bitter wars with their rivals

Remember the Nintendo-Sega feud for gaming supremacy in the 90s? And of course, no one has been able to miss the ongoing competition between Apple and its archrival Microsoft (the good old Mac vs. PC war, never mind that the Mac technically is a PC).

12. Both have a super-famous mascot

Nintendo has Mario, and Apple has… Steve Jobs. 😉

Did we miss any obvious parallels? Let us know in the comments!

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